Andy Brown

Andy has been writing about the governance of sport for over 15 years. Prior to working on the Sports Integrity Initiative, he was the editor of World Sports Law Report for eight years. He has also worked for the Press Association and has written for numerous trade magazines. He has also created, chaired and spoken at numerous conferences on the business of sport, and produced the Sports Law Show for iSportConnect TV.

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News 20/09/2021

Biathlete receives 18 month ban for three ‘whereabouts’ Filing Failures

Andrejs Rastorgujevs has been sanctioned with an 18 month ban for three ‘whereabouts’ Filing Failures in 12 months. The Latvian biathlete’s results after 1 July 2020 have been disqualified, meaning that Rastorgujevs will be stripped of a Gold he won in the 20km Sprint at the International Biathlon Union...

News 17/09/2021

Launch of The SII Anti-Doping Monitor

The Sports Integrity Initiative is launching a new feature – The SII Anti-Doping Monitor. Each week, The Sports Integrity Initiative will attempt to track all new developments in anti-doping procedures involving athletes. Below is this week’s effort, which involves 19 people (17 of them athletes) from 12 countries; and...

News 17/09/2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 17 September 2021

• The analysis of Blessing Okagbare’s B sample has confirmed an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for human growth hormone (HGH), reports Nigeria’s The Guardian. The sprinter and long jumper was forced to withdraw from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, after a 19 July sample taken by the Athletics Integrity Unit...

News 17/09/2021

WADA & SIA lose appeal to double Shayna Jack’s two year ban

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) have lost appeals that sought to double a two year ban issued to Shayna Jack, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced yesterday. WADA and SIA both appealed on the basis that the Australian swimmer had not shown...

Features 15/09/2021

Two cases underline dangers of supplement contamination

When the International Olympic Committee (IOC) dropped its case against Brenton Rickard last month, the swimmer warned that testing mechanisms have surpassed contamination protocols in pharmaceutical manufacturing. This should serve as a huge red flag for athletes. Two recent cases involving prohibited supplements that were not listed on a...

News 14/09/2021

CJ Ujah’s B sample confirms his positive test for two SARMs

The International Testing Agency (ITA) has announced that Chijindu (CJ) Ujah’s B sample has confirmed the A sample result – an adverse analytical finding (AAF – or ‘positive test’) for Enobosarm (ostarine) and S-23. The ITA said (see below) that it has referred the case to the Court of...

News 14/09/2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 14 September 2021

• Anti-Doping Switzerland has sanctioned an athlete from the traditional sport of Hornussen (click here for a YouTube video of the sport) with a six year ban for attempted use of testosterone and clomiphene, as well as tampering with the doping control process. ‘As part of a postal control,...

News 14/09/2021

FEI President celebrates clean sport at Tokyo 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games

The FEI has received confirmation that all human and equine samples taken during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have returned negative. “I am very proud to be able to confirm that, for the third Games in succession, all human and equine samples taken during the Tokyo Olympic and...

News 13/09/2021

Sheikh Amhad steps aside as OCA President after forgery conviction

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah has stepped aside as President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) after being convicted of forgery in a Swiss criminal court. He plans to appeal against the ruling, which involves a 30 month jail sentence, half of it suspended.  “I am honoured to be...

News 10/09/2021

Algerian reportedly* sanctioned with ten year ban for refusing to face Israeli

Fethi Nourine and his Coach Ammar Benikhelf have been sanctioned with ten year bans by the International Judo Federation (IJF) after Nourine refused to face an Israeli opponent, reports* Middle East Monitor. Nourine refused to face Tohar Butbul at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and his action was repeated by...

News 10/09/2021

Taliban says Afghan women will not be allowed to play sport

Women will not be allowed to play sport in Afghanistan, the Taliban has confirmed. “In cricket and other sports, women will not get an Islamic dress code”, Ahmadullah Wasiq, the Deputy Head of the Taliban’s Cultural Commission, told Australia’s SBS (video below – click here if it doesn’t load). “It...

News 10/09/2021

RUSADA yet to appoint Director General a year after Ganus’s dismissal

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has yet to appoint a permanent Director General, almost a year after the dismissal of Yuriy Ganus (Ю́рий Га́нус). Ganus was dismissed on 28 August 2020, and 364 days later, RUSADA announced that an ‘open competition’ will be held to replace him.  On 28...

09/09/2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 9 September 2021

• Ruslan Valiullin (Русланом Валиуллиным) has reported an adverse analytical finding (AAF – or ‘positive test’) from a 12 August test, Kazakh Premier League club FC Tolon has announced. Valiullin and Sergei Maliy (Сергея Малого), another FC Tolon player, were tested after the club’s 5-0 loss to Slovak club...

09/09/2021

Houlihan to appeal to Swiss Federal Tribunal

Shelby Houlihan, who was sanctioned with a four year ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving 19-norandrosterone in June, is appealing the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) Decision to the Swiss Federal Tribunal (SFT). ‘I’m still continuing to fight to prove my innocence’, wrote Houlihan on Instagram...

07/09/2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 7 September 2021

• USA Gymnastics has provisionally agreed a US$425 million (€358.5 million) settlement with a group representing survivors of abuse by Larry Nassar, reports the New York Times. It is understood that if the agreement is finalised, over 500 athletes impacted by Nassar’s sexual abuse would share in the settlement,...

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